Ten Canadian natives who switched teams on opening day of 2024 CFL Free Agency

Derek Wiggan (Cmm3, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Football League free agency officially started on Tuesday. There were 10 Canadian natives who switched teams. Let’s take a look at who they were.

Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund

The defensive lineman from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is joining the Montreal Alouettes after three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. In 2023, Adeyemi-Berglund had 20 defensive tackles, three special team tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble.

Albert Awachie 

The fullback from Toronto, Ontario is joining the Toronto Argonauts after five seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 2023, Awachie had three catches for 24 receiving yards.

Kerfalla Exume 

The defensive back from Montreal, Quebec is joining the Toronto Argonauts after two seasons each with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2019 and 2023), and Montreal Alouettes (2021 and 2022). A Grey Cup champion with the Blue Bombers in 2019, Exume had 17 special teams tackles and two defensive tackles for the Blue Bombers in 2023. The defensive tackles came in a 47-17 Blue Bombers win over the Alouettes on August 24, and in a 45-25 win over the Edmonton Elks on October 21.

Jake Harty

The wide receiver from Calgary, Alberta is joining the British Columbia Lions. This is his fourth CFL team after three seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks (2015 to 2017), two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2021 and 2022), and one season with the Montreal Alouettes (2023). In 2023 with the Alouettes, Harty had four catches for 36 receiving yards. A two-time Grey Cup champion, Harty won with Ottawa in 2016, and Montreal in 2023.

Jordan Herdman-Reed

The linebacker from Winnipeg, Manitoba is returning to the Saskatchewan Roughriders after playing there in 2021 and 2022. Herdman-Reed also played for the British Columbia Lions for three seasons from 2017 to 2019, and the Calgary Stampeders in 2023. This past season in Calgary, Headman-Reed had 10 special teams tackles.

Ante Milanovic-Litre

The running back from Vancouver, British Columbia is signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He is joining his fourth CFL team after four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders (2017 to 2019, 2021), one season with the Edmonton Elks (2022), and one season with the Ottawa Redblacks (2023). In 2023 with the Redblacks, Milanovic-Litre had 17 rushes for 55 rushing yards and three touchdowns and one catch for 10 yards. Milanovic-Litre won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 2018.

Fraser Sopik 

The linebacker from Toronto is signing with the Argonauts. He is joining his third CFL team after playing three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders (2019, 2021, and 2022), and one season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 2023, Sopik had two solo tackles.

Micah Teitz

The linebacker from Calgary is signing with the Stampeders after four seasons with the Roughriders (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2023). In 17 games with the Roughriders in 2023, he had 57 solo tackles.

Sean Thomas-Erlington

The running back from Montreal is signing with the Montreal Alouettes after six seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017 to 2019 and 2021 to 2023). In 2023, Thomas-Erlington had 16 rushes for 88 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, along with eight catches for 88 receiving yards and one touchdown catch. The touchdown catch was for eight yards and came from quarterback Matthew Shiltz in a 38-13 Tiger-Cats win over the Roughriders on October 7.

Derek Wiggan

The defensive lineman from Toronto is signing with the Montreal Alouettes after eight seasons with the Stampeders since 2015. A Grey Cup champion with the Stampeders in 2018, Wiggan had 16 defensive tackles and four sacks with Calgary in 2023.

 

 

 

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